Anthropomorphic Bicyclist: A Kinetic Weathervane
A new form, a cyclist who becomes one with the bike, joyfully revolves amongst altered signs on the orange wall. Made with re-Cycled (pun intended) traffic signs salvaged from the Scottsdale Transportation Department, the signs and symbols are both ambiguous and familiar. The iconic folk art style of the forms and the imagery of re-imagined bicycles and signs touch on social dexterity and creativity as a means of crossing boundaries. Taken as a group the images take on the sense of a day dream, of a blue sky ride.
Gebert Contemporary Art Gallery at 7160 Main Street in Scottsdale is exhibiting “Alter-native Signs” a series of related work by the artist. The exhibition opens on April 7th, 2011, with an evening reception, and runs until May 11th (gebertartaz.com for further information). The artist also recently completed other anthropomorphic bicyclist sculptures for traffic calming roundabouts near downtown Tempe, at the intersections of Wilson and Howe streets, and Roosevelt and 11th streets.
John Randall Nelson lives and works in Tempe. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University. As a printmaker, painter and sculptor, Nelson carries his vision to many forms.